VanMeveren Law Group January 2019

VanMeveren Law Group January 2019

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SOUTH 2038 Caribous Drive. Suite 101 Fort Collins, CO 80525

OLD TOWN 123 North College, Suite 112 Fort Collins, CO 80524


Introducing a Great New Resource for Clients “Get It Settled Without a Lawyer!”

T his is a big month for myself, our firm, and our clients! I’m excited to announce the release of my latest book, “Get It Settled Without a Lawyer!” I wrote this new book to serve as a useful resource for our clients, their families and friends, and others who may have questions related to a motor vehicle crash. My goal was to answer all the hard questions about what people need to do after a crash, including how to deal with pushy insurance claims adjusters and less-than-helpful medical providers. To kick off the release of “Get It Settled Without a Lawyer!” this month, I want to share an excerpt with you. Here’s a preview:

This book is written to show you how you can settle your own small car accident case.

they work for as much money as possible and they’ll go to great lengths to accomplish this goal.


Understand, some cases do require a skilled and experienced legal team and retaining a good lawyer will undoubtedly result in a higher recovery for you. But please be careful when selecting your lawyer. Hiring the right lawyer is an important step that should not be taken lightly. Despite what you see on television and what you repeatedly hear on the radio, all lawyers are not created equally. Definitely scrutinize the attorney you’re considering hiring, including reviews, ratings, experience and results. This book is written to show you how to settle your own small car accident case. If you’re the type of person who can handle your own taxes, pay your own bills, and file health insurance claims, then you can take control of your own small accident claim and get a fair settlement from the insurance company. If you would like to learn more about “Get It Settled Without a Lawyer!” feel free to give us a call or check out our website,, or our Facebook page,, for more information, including how to get your own free copy.

The truth is that many of those lawyer ads which try to scare you into “Hiring me now because I can get you the most money for your case” and “Call me and I’ll tell you what your case is worth” are disingenuous and deceptive. Lawyers know that they often cannot add anything to your small car accident case that you could not get from the insurance company on your own. Yet these same lawyers gladly take up to 40 percent of your settlement for their “help.” Sometimes they even tack on costs and fees such as a mandatory “monthly file maintenance” fee. As an attorney who works relentlessly, day in and day out, to protect victim’s rights and ensure you get a fair shake, you’ll know up front if we can add value to your case by hiring us. Certainly, there are many nuances a skilled attorney must utilize to effectively handle a complex injury claim in order to get a fair recovery. But when armed with the proper information, you can resolve your smaller injury claim without an attorney and before being misled by a deceptive legal ad or a skilled and savvy claims adjuster. Remember, the “friendly neighbor” insurance adjuster definitely does not have your best interests at heart. Rather, the adjuster’s sole purpose is to save the insurance company

Until next time, I hope you have a safe and happy New Year!

–Bryan VanMeveren

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Our Clients Say it Best

They are the best! After attempting to get my case settled on my own and feeling as if I wasn’t getting anywhere, I searched and thankfully found the best in the business. They make you feel at ease and give you peace of mind from the first time you speak with them. I knew I was in good hands, and they never let me down. Karl kept me updated at least once a week and always checks to see how I am doing. Thank you! –Anonymous

Social Media Reminders for Parents SOCIALLY SECURE Social media has been making the world smaller than ever. The distance among cross-country relatives and friends shrinks with each post or Skype call. And instant updates from loved ones are particularly valuable during the holidays. That Christmas morning video call means Grandma and Grandpa get to see their grandkids in their new holiday outfits, but so can online predators. According to digital and safety experts, half of the photos filtered onto the darknet are stolen from parents’ social media accounts. If these predators are privy to your photos, they’re also able to snag your location and other sensitive information, putting you and your children at physical risk as well. On a less disturbing note, social media content is permanent. Even after you delete a post or a photo, it leaves a digital footprint that could follow your child throughout their education and could even affect job interviews or future relationships. It’s still possible for you to foster a sense of privacy in the digital age, but it’s important to respect what your child deems private information. After all, it’s their future. Consider these rules before you share. 1. Ask your child’s permission. If they can speak, then they can speak for themselves. Children love to see photos of themselves, but they may also be aware of what they are and aren’t comfortable with, even at a young age. 2. Limit the nudity. Everyone loves a beach day, but think twice before posting swimsuit or skinny-dipping pictures. Opt to post safer photos, like the family posing prior to fun in the sun. 3. Check your settings. Your privacy settings may be exposing your family to more people than you know, and if you feel the need to share every minute of your child’s day online, making these settings airtight will protect your children and their reputations.

Consider some of these safe alternatives to regular public posting:

1. is a secure photo-sharing website for parents of babies and young children. The digital photo album app allows you to share photos with only the people you choose.

2. Create a separate, secure group on Facebook. Family, friends, or coworkers in closed groups can still fawn over their little ones in a personal, safe setting.

Despite the dangers your digital life can elicit, you don’t have to avoid the digital world completely. Social media is still a great tool for families to stay connected, as long as you take precautions. Go ahead and brag about your kids online — just be safe and considerate of your child’s wishes.

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Digging, Boring, and Laying Line

Sometimes you need to be boring to get things done. Whether you need to run a cable line to a new building or install a sewer line, Colorado Boring Co. can get the job done. They’ve been in the area for nearly 20 years, contracting with businesses and homeowners to bore. They work on new construction as well as older homes and buildings. They also drill water wells. SUDOKU

It’s not a service a lot of people think about — but the need to bore and drill new lines is common around Fort Collins, especially as the city and outlying areas grow. Connections to services such as sewer and internet exist, in part, thanks to the efforts of Colorado Boring. If you need to run a line from the road to your home, from one building to another, or you just need some maintenance done, you can reach Colorado Boring at 970-494-1996.

Citrus & Avocado SALAD


1 blood, cara cara, or navel orange, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 1 Meyer or regular lemon, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided In a rimmed baking sheet, toss citrus slices with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast citrus until lightly charred and caramelized, about 10–15 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine onion and Heat oven to 425 F.

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1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 bunch arugula

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 1 avocado, cut into wedges Salt and pepper, to taste


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lemon juice. Season with salt and let sit for 5 minutes. Add citrus, arugula, and mint to onion mixture. Drizzle with remaining oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss thoroughly. Add avocado, combing very gently to not crush avocado.


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INSIDE This Issue

A Brand New Resource Just for You! Page 1

Staying Safe on Social Media

What Some People Are Saying About Us Page 2

Digging Up Dirt with the Colorado Boring Co.

Citrus and Avocado Salad Page 3

Warm Up with These 3 Local Events Page 4

Ring in the New Year in Fort Collins

Old Town Square Skate Rink When: Now through Feb. 2 Where: Old Town Square

Ring in the new year on ice! Every weekend, Friday through Sunday, the skate rink opens to the public and all ages are welcome. Hours vary by day (Fridays: 4–7 p.m., Saturdays: 12–6 p.m., Sundays 12–5 p.m.) and admission is $2. If you don’t have your own skates, you can rent them for an additional $1. The Sound of Music When: Thursday, Jan. 10–Saturday, Jan. 12 Where: The Lincoln Center Based on “The Sound of Music Live!” which first aired on NBC in 2013, the popular production has made its way to Fort Collins. Experience the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein on the stage at the Lincoln Center. It’s a great way to spend a wintry evening out on the town! For complete details and tickets, see

Catch Me if You Can 5K & 10K When: Saturday, Feb. 9 Where: See website for location details

It wouldn’t be the VanMeveren newsletter without a run! If you’ve never heard of the Catch Me if You Can race, well, it’s a little different. Women get a three-minute head start for the 5K and a five-minute head start for the 10K. It’s a game of catch-up with a 5K twist. With all of these races, you can expect live music, food, and drinks at the finish line. Keep in mind, this race is limited to 500 participants. See for registration and more details.

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